A rematch of the Ring Magazine’s 2011 Fight of the Year is set to happen on April 30th at The StubHub Center in Carson, California, USA when Victor Ortiz meets Andre Berto.
Saturday 16th April 2011 Ortiz and Berto met for the first time. Powerful and accurate Berto was undefeated and expected to earn a chance to fight either Shane Mosley or Floyd Mayweather. Ortiz had just suffered a defeat against Marcos Maidana, and a draw against Lamont Peterson in his previous fight.
The fight started straight away with Ortiz dropping Berto with a punch that was landed to the top of the head. Thirty seconds later he applied hard pressure forcing Berto to ‘take a knee’ in the corner. In the second round Berto returned the favor dropping Ortiz with a straight right hand.
Ortiz outworked Berto in rounds 3 to 5, until Berto caught him with a massive right hook late in Round 6. He then started chasing hurt Ortiz trying to close the show, but Ortiz dropped caught him with a short right hook that finished the round.
The fight continued with Ortiz winning most of the rounds applying constant pressure. In round 10 he got a point deducted for hitting Berto behind the head. I believe the hit at the back of the head happened due to Berto looking away from the punches, he was also holding Ortiz’s lead hand.
For the final 2 rounds Ortiz continued applying pressure. The result has seen him winning the WBC Welterweight Championship over Berto, in what was the pinnacle of both of their careers.
Ortiz next fought and lost to Mayweather in the ‘Suckerpunch’ fight. He intentionally head-butted Mayweather and got a point deducted. After time was called back in he tried to apologize. Regardless, Mayweather immediately threw a hit and knocked him out.
The a rematch was announced for Ortiz and Berto in 2012. It was cancelled after Berto tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. Meanwhile Ortiz faced and lost to Josesito Lopez, who moved up in weight and broke his jaw.
After an 18-month layoff to focus on filming his part in The Expendables 3, Ortiz fought Luis Collazo in 2014 and was TKO’d in the second. Since then a couple of wins lesser opponent fights and a part in Southpaw have been the highlights of his career.
Since then Berto’s career has seen a few uninspiring performances with wins over Jan Zaveck, Steve Upsher Chambers & Josesito Lopez. He lost to Robert Guerrero, Jesus Soto Karass and Floyd Mayweather in his retirement fight.
A chance at redemption was lost in 2012 when he tested positive for PED’s, cancelling a rematch against Ortiz.
Victor Ortiz (31W 5L 2D 24KO) vs Andre Berto (30W 4L 0D 23KO) II – 30th April 2016 – The StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA
Although, I am anticipating another entertaining fight this April when Ortiz and Berto meet again. Both of their stocks are far lower. I think the potential rewards for winner much less.
It’s really a fight to see who has fallen lower.